UWTSD professor chosen to present at the Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference 2016


Professor Andrew Petersen, Director of Research in Islamic Archaeology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is presenting a lecture at the Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference 2016 (ARC’16).

Andrew will present a lecture titled Water Resources and Use in Qatar Prior to the Discovery of Oil.

The prestigious conference received a record number of over 1,300 abstracts, of which only 48 were accepted for oral presentation. The conference will take place on March 22nd- 23rd at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

Andrew said: “Qatar is known as one of the most arid countries in the world with all of the land characterised as dessert which in geographical terms is defined as territory with no surface water. Despite this unpromising situation people have lived on the Qatar peninsula for thousands of years carefully conserving, harvesting and using the scarce water resources. This paper will argue that a better understanding of the conservation and utilisation of fresh water in the past may have implications for the future development of agriculture and water management in Qatar.”

Andrew’s paper will investigate the methods used to provide water to the traditional settlements and more ancient archaeological sites throughout the country. The paper will begin by reviewing the hydrological structure of the Qatar peninsula and its condition prior to the modern over exploitation of water resources from the 1950’s onwards. The paper will pay particular attention to the location of settlements around the northern coast where particularly favourable conditions exist as a result of the north Qatar arch.

The ARC’16 follows on from the success of ARC'14, which was attended by more than 2,000 delegates.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Investing in Research & Innovating for Society’. ARC’16 will feature various sessions related to the four thematic pillars defined in Qatar’s National Research Strategy (QNRS) - Energy and Environment, Computing and Information Technology, Health, and Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities.

Pursuing the vision of developing Qatar into a leading center for research and development excellence and innovation, ARC'16 will include thought-provoking panel discussions and technical presentations where leading experts will share constructive experiences and innovative approaches aimed at addressing critical issues such as Qatar's cyber and water security, solar and renewable energy solutions, healthcare, as well as the social challenges and opportunities facing Qatar and the region.

For more information visit http://www.qf-arc.org/index.html

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